Owning an Apple iPhone is always a matter of pride for every user, isn’t it? iPhone users will surely accept this statement. This is because of the reputation and the quality of Apple products it has in the world. Due to this, people blindly buy Apple iPhone or other products without even inquiring if the product is real or not. You can guarantee that your iPhone is original if you purchase it directly from the Apple store, but if you purchase them from another resource, you have to verify its authenticity.
With such a huge market share, the “fake iPhone” market has become very productive for dishonest phone manufacturers. Seeing the popularity, quality, demand and faith of users in Apple iPhone, many dishonest Smartphone manufacturing companies created the very same look alike of iPhone which is a fake one. And the clones are very well created that no one can differentiate between the real and fake product.
Some of the earlier iPhone knock-offs (fake) are so poorly done that it was easy to differentiate a fake iPhone from a genuine one. However, as technologies developed over time, some fake iPhone clones are so well that they are physically very similar to a genuine iPhone and had to differentiate. Fake iPhone manufacturers go a long way making their victims believe that what they are selling is the authenticated one.
Legal attempts to eradicate fake iPhone manufacturers in the market also failed. Now, the only thing that we can do is to educate people so they won’t fall victim and purchase an iPhone from these unethical manufacturers. So, next time whenever you or your friends buy an Apple product, this article helps you identify the difference between a fake and a genuine iPhone.
Factors To Differentiate A Fake And Original iPhone:
1. Packaging Box Of Apple iPhone:
The first and foremost difference to spot the Real and Fake iPhone is its Box. The build and quality of both the boxes are almost same but there is a slight difference in the sizes of the box the real box is compact whereas the Fake on is larger. You can also check the logo of Apple in the box and also its color.
2. Serial Number:
Each and every iPhone has a serial number that identifies it. Locate the serial number on the iPhone by tapping “Settings > General > About > Serial Number.” This number must be verified from the Apple official website “https://selfsolve.apple.com/agreementWarrantyDynamic.do”, which confirms its originality.
Here, you can check the iPhone’s warranty period by entering the serial number. If you receive the message “We’re sorry, this serial number is not valid. Please check your information and try again,” then it is a Fake iPhone.
3. iTunes Connectivity and Syncing:
The remarkable feature of an iPhone is its ability to entertain its users with its iTunes. You can check if your iPhone is fake or original by connecting it with iTunes. If it does not connect or is not recognized by iTunes, then it’s definitely not an original iPhone. Before coming to this conclusion, ensure that your iTunes and iOS software are both up to date.
If you cannot sync information between your iPhone and your computer, attempt to restore your iPhone through iTunes. An iPhone that doesn’t connect to iTunes or the app store after being restored is either fake or damaged.
The iPhone arrives with native or built-in Apple-branded apps. Unless an iPhone is jailbroken, these apps cannot be removed. Some examples of built-in applications include “Contacts,” “Compass,” “Settings,” “Calculator,” “Music” and “Photos.” If any these applications are missing, the phone is jailbroken or fake. You can restore the original firmware by entering DFU mode and reinstalling the operating system. If native applications are still missing, then your iPhone is likely fake.
5. 3D Touch Feature:
The iPhone 6S and the above phones 3D Touch display are the next evolution of the multi-touch display and it is also one of the key improvements we have seen. Apple has improved the display in various ways. Apart from the size and resolution details, there is a new feature dubbed as 3D Touch.
So you can spot a fake iPhone 6S or above phones by trying to use the 3D Touch feature.
6. Apple Store or Authorized Service Provider:
f your iPhone has passed several of these steps, but you still suspect that it’s a fake, bring it to your closest Apple store or Apple authorized service provider. A store technician can run diagnostic tests on your iPhone to verify its authenticity or lack of authenticity. Thus, you can identify whether it’s a fake or real iPhone.
7. Check for Siri
The most important feature of the iPhone 6S and above phones which will be lacking in the fake iPhone is Siri. Siri is the voice reorganization, digital assistant of yours, to help you use your iPhone 6S or above phones with simple voice commands. If it doesn’t recognize your voice or appears any error, then it is a fake iPhone.
8. Pentalobe Screws:
To identify the fake iPhone, check its screws. Apple uses the Penta lobe screws in the original iPhone whereas the fake iPhone has normal cross screws. Here is an image of the Pentalobe screws and where they are located on the iPhone.
9. External Memory Card Slot:
Apple iPhone 6S or above phones have no external memory card slots like their predecessors. So if you have an iPhone 6S or any other model of iPhone with an external SD Card, then it is a fake iPhone.
10. Check the Physical Buttons:
One of the main physical quality aspects that can indicate if an iPhone is fake or not is the physical button placement. It is very important to check that the physical buttons on your iPhone are where they are located. In an original iOS device, the sleep/wake button is on the top right corner, while the volume switch and ringer switch are on the upper left side. If the buttons are placed somewhere else then it is a guarantee that the device is fake.
A Few Bonus Tips To Check If The iPhone Is Original Or Fake:
We will be really amazed if the above tips didn’t work for you. No problem, following are some short tips that may also help you detect the reality of the iPhone; whether it’s original or fake.
- Check the screen: The screen of original iPhone should be clear and not pixelated.
- Only iOS: Apple uses the only iOS as its official operating system. If you see any application other than iOS, it is 100 percent fake.
- No warranty: Sellers of fake iPhones will not give you a warranty to a certified iPhone service centre.
- Cheap price: If it is being sold far cheaper than a regular iPhone’s suggested price, then think twice before buying the product.
Hope, the tips, and factors in the article helps you to identify a Fake and a Real iPhone. Stay tuned with us to keep yourself updated on the topic and do let us know if you have ever bought a fake iPhone and share your experience with us in the comments section below.